Middle East & North Africa

Private Sector

Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue

Rights

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and Labour

BWP briefing explores IMF's labour market policies in the context of women in the informal economy and suggests they will not contribute to decreasing inequalities.

2 October 2017 | Briefing

Gender

News

The World Bank’s new Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative: Recycling a broken model?

World Bank launches new We-Fi fund for women entrepeneurs, but concerns raised that fund won't reach poorest women.

2 October 2017

Conditionality

Commentary

Protecting the victories of the ‘IMF Spring’

The IMF's recognition of the importance of inequality is under threat. Concerns have been raised about complacency and even the reversal of the IMF's recent progress on inequality, while IMF staff continue to operationalise new policy advice on inequality in surveillance and lending programmes.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

Background

The IMF and World Bank policies and the Arab world’s transition economies

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum Session at the 2017 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings on IMF and World Bank programmes in the MENA Region.

20 April 2017 | Minutes

Conditionality

News

IMF approves new Jordan loan

New IMF loan programme to Jordan agreed with gendered conditions, while civil society express concerns about human rights and impacts on the lives of women.

31 January 2017

Gender

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and VAT

BWP briefing explores gender dimensions of IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on resource mobilisation in developing countries, in particular on Value-Added Tax.

12 April 2017 | Briefing

Environment

News

World Bank policy lending undermines climate goals

A CSO report has found that the World Bank’s development policy lending is supporting incentives for fossil fuels in Egypt, Indonesia, Mozambique and Peru.

6 April 2017

Rights

News

IMF and World Bank labour policies criticised by UN expert

The UN expert on foreign debt has published a report critical of IMF and World Bank policies related to labour rights, claiming that the evidence does not support their pproach.

6 April 2017

Conditionality

News

IMF lending freeze “pushing Tunisia to the brink”

IMF freezes second payment of $2.8 billion loan to Tunisia, demanding accelerated reform programme despite concerns this will push Tunisia “to the brink”.

6 April 2017

Conditionality

Analysis

Egypt’s new IMF deal comes with a huge price tag for human rights

After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.

9 February 2017 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Clean Technology Fund (CTF)

A revised Clean Technology Fund (CTF) pipeline management and cancellation policy has been approved. A document outlining further details on the proposed “CTF 2.0” will be discussed. Approval for reallocation of funds for a Morocco project was challenged by Germany and the decision postponed.

30 November 2016